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Frequently Asked Questions are listed in order of popularity.

Who are the most popular British writers?
The playwright William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) and the novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) remain two of the most popular and widely known British writers.

What is cockney rhyming slang?
Cockneys invented a new dialect – rhyming slang – that has been in use since the mid-19th century. Rhyming slang uses a phrase that rhymes with a word, instead of the word itself – thus ‘stairs’ becomes ‘apples and pears’, ‘phone’ becomes ‘dog and bone' and ‘word’ becomes ‘dicky bird’.

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